Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman today announced that Connecticut is one of eight states selected by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to participate in the Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables. The program is provided for under the federal Agricultural Act of 2014, also known as the Farm Bill. Under the program, Connecticut will be able to increase its purchases of locally grown fruits and vegetables for its state-assisted school meal program.
John Turenne, chef/owner of Sustainable Food Systems, entered the café where we agreed to meet for his interview dressed in a white chef jacket and black chef pants, fresh from a day at Burr Elementary School in Fairfield. He has become a bit of a celebrity in town since arriving a few weeks ago to work with Fairfield Public Schools’ food service staff on a limited school lunch makeover.
I don’t remember how many years it’s been, possibly six or seven, since I first met Chef John Turenne. Along with a rather large group of passionate parent advocates pushing hard for reform in Fairfield Public Schools’ cafeterias, I listened with awe as he and the headmaster of The Unquowa School shared the steps involved in transitioning the school to a sustainable lunch program. We only hoped that one day our school system would hire him and his business, Sustainable Food Systems, to work with staff, parents and students to implement a similar program.
Food Day is being celebrated across the country on Monday, Oct 24. Over 1,800 grassroots events have been planned to celebrate the day, including more than 25 in Connecticut. Think of Food Day as Earth Day for Food. It’s a … Read more
In Celebration of Fairfield Green Food Guide & Slow Food Metro North Present: Overcoming Obstacles to Improving School Food With Nationally Recognized Experts Amy Kalafa and John Turenne Join nationally recognized experts Amy Kalafa, author of Lunch Wars: How to … Read more
By Eileen Weber They say hard work pays off. And for parent volunteers in Fairfield Public Schools, that old adage couldn’t be more true. Years of painstakingly coordinating a garden program as an outdoor classroom have culminated in a $5,000 … Read more
Bring a friend to enjoy a free screening of the school lunch documentary, Two Angry Moms WEDNESDAY, September 7 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. Fairfield Public Library (downtown Fairfield) in the Rotary Room HOW TO HELP YOUR KIDS … Read more
Celebration at Wilton High School Organic Garden – Friday, May 20th @ 3:30pm Wilton, Connecticut – May 13, 2011 – The date is official, Jim Hunter and Kate Eckenrode, the Wilton High School teachers spearheading the garden this year, are … Read more
New Haven schools Director of Food Services Chef Tim Cipriano is featured this week on the White House’s “Champions of Change” website in recognition of his successful effort to introduce healthy and locally produced food into city schools. Chef Tim … Read more
A beautiful new magazine called Sustainable Connecticut has launched. This special preview in the April issue of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens magazine (CTC&G) profiles local leaders of the sustainable food movement who are inspiring all of us to change. They are … Read more
Fuel for Learning Partnership (FFLP), a PTA Council Standing Committee, will sponsor the second annual Food for Thought Expo with this year’s theme ‘Make Every Meal Count.’ Scheduled for Saturday, March 26th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, the expo will … Read more
By Analiese Paik January is CSA registration month – your chance to buy local, organic food directly from the farmer who grows it. Spring/Summer 2011 CSA shares will be posted as they become available and can be found in a … Read more
Tweet Wednesday evening’s screening of Nourish the film at Wilton Library kicked off an evening of lively moderated discussion about local and sustainably grown food with guest panelists Annie Farrell, Tim LaBant and Jim Hunter. Every seat in the house … Read more